Photo: David Monteith-Hodge

A Bush Theatre and Nassim Soleimanpour Production

Written and Performed by Nassim Soleimanpour

An audacious theatrical experiment that explores the power of language to unite us in unknown, uncertain times
Performed by a different actor each time, who has neither rehearsed nor seen the script, asked only to come to the performance without knowing anything about the content or role. This is the set-up for the unique “White Rabbit Red Rabbit,” which has been performed in theatres in over 45 countries around the world. It was written by the Iranian-born and Berlin-based Nassim Soleimanpour, who has now created this new play “NASSIM” out of the experience of seeing his work translated in over 25 languages and staged internationally, but never in his native language of Farsi.

Once the show starts, the actor on stage speaks and does things guided only by the writer’s instructions. The communication between them relaxes and evolves, at times involving interaction with the audience. But lying underneath this apparently innocent exchange is an exploration of the power of words and the link between language and identity.
  • Photo: David Monteith-Hodge
  • Photo: David Monteith-Hodge
  • Photo: David Monteith-Hodge


Venue Owlspot Theater

11/9 (Fri) 19:30 Nobuyuki Hanawa (Knights)
11/10 (Sat) 14:00* Maruichiro Maruo (Gekidan Shika564)
11/11 (Sun) 14:00 Dominique Chen / 18:00 Mirai Moriyama

*Post-show talk
Box office opens 60 minutes before.
Doors open 15 minutes before.
Latecomers may not be admitted.

Running Time 90 min. (TBC)
Language Performed in Japanese and Farsi
Tickets All seats reserved
Advance: ¥3,500 / Same Day: ¥4,000 /
Students: ¥2,300 / Other tickets available
  Early Bird Discount ¥2,500
Festival Pass (5 Performances) ¥2,800
Festival Pass (3 Performances) ¥3,000
Student ID required
High School Students and Under
Student ID or proof of age required


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Artist Profile

ナシーム・スレイマンプールPhoto: Nima Soleimanpour

Nassim Soleimanpour
Playwright, Performer

Born in Tehran in 1981, Nassim Soleimanpour refused to do military service and was therefore not given a passport to travel abroad. Instead, he traveled the world through his work. Performed each time by a different actor who has not seen the script, Soleimanpour’s play “White Rabbit Red Rabbit” has been translated into 25 languages, performed over 1,000 times, and won many awards. His other plays include “Blind Hamlet” (2013) and “BLANK” (2015). He currently resides in Berlin.

Cast & Creative

A Bush Theatre and Nassim Soleimanpour Production

Written and Performed by Nassim Soleimanpour
Directed by Omar Elerian
Designer: Rhys Jarman
Sound Designer: James Swadlo
Lighting Designer: Rajiv Pattani
Production Manager: Michael Ager
Script Editors: Carolina Ortega, Stewart Pringle
Tokyo Production  
Cast: 11/9 (Fri) 19:30 Nobuyuki Hanawa (Knights)
  11/10 (Sat) 14:00 Maruichiro Maruo (Gekidan Shika564)
  11/11 (Sun) 14:00 Dominique Chen
  11/11 (Sun) 18:00 Mirai Moriyama
Technical Manager: Eiji Torakawa
Lighting Coordinator: Naoki Kinoshita (Factor Co., Ltd.)
Sound Coordinator: Akira Aikawa (Sound Weeds Inc.)
Publicity Design: Yu Yokoyama
Production Coordinators:   Mayuko Arakawa, Wakana Arai (Festival/Tokyo)
Interns: Sumire Enjoji, Emi Kobori, Makiko Yamazato
In cooperation with MASEKI GEINOSHA, Office Shika
Planned and presented by Festival/Tokyo


Owlspot Theater

  • 2F Rise Arena Building 4-5-2 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
  • Direct connection to the theatre from Exit 6 or 7 of Higashi-Ikebukuro Station on the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line. 10 minutes’ walk from Higashi-Ikebukuro Yon-chome on the Toden Arakawa Line.